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Karanka: We rode our luck

24 February 2013 06:14

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka admitted his side were lucky to beat Deportivo 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday.

Riki had put Deportivo ahead before second-half goals from Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain secured three points for Madrid.

While Karanka admitted his side were fortunate

to claim victory, he did praise his team's much-improved performance

after the break.

"I think that the first half wasn't good and that's why we made several changes in the second, to try to improve," Karanka said.

"I don't think it was just the three changes which improved our football.

"From the very first minute of the second half

the attitude was different, and that helped us to overcome Deportivo in

the second half and play much better football."

Karanka was not surprised that Madrid trailed at half-time, insisting Deportivo are a very tough team to play against.

"We know that they play hard every game, and

their coach is well known and well respected, he is from Madrid

originally," Karanka said.

"Obviously we knew what we were going to face

and I think by the end of the first half it was surprising that they

didn't score even more.

"However what was crucial for us was that they

didn't take advantage of their chances and they suffered the

consequences. But in the first half they were absolutely the better

side."

Karanka praised Kaka for his efforts against Deportivo and claimed he was still a valued member of the side.

"His mood helped him and I think that is important for the team," Karanka said.

"It is important because he gives us another

option for the team and the fact that everyone is noticing his good form

is always positive."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
23 February 2013
Game week
25
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2

Goals

Riki 35'
(assist by Pizzi) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
73' Kaká
 (assist by Á. di María)
1 - 2
88' G. Higuaín
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
24
17 72'
23
19
21
14 62'
12
11 35'
16
9 40'
Coach: Fernando Vázquez
# Player Bookings
25
11 17'
3
17
12 54'
8 73'
19
15
22 90' 90'
20 88'
21 66'
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
4
20
25
10
13
18
22
# Player Bookings
6
10
7
5
13
18
29

Friday 22 August

Thursday 21 August

23:44
23:38
23:04
22:36
22:27
22:19
21:48
21:40
21:34
20:55
20:27
20:17
20:11
20:10
20:04
19:39
18:49
18:23
18:11
18:08
17:53
17:38
17:35
17:21
17:08
16:57
16:57
16:46
16:41
16:26
16:19
16:09
16:09
15:59
15:48
15:42
15:22
14:38
14:26
14:04
13:34
13:27
13:05
12:57
12:55
12:54
12:20
11:25
10:58
10:48
10:11
10:04
09:45
09:41
08:34
08:18
07:12
07:06
06:33
06:00
05:59
05:58
05:52
05:38
04:33
04:32
04:03
03:38
03:10
00:59

Wednesday 20 August

23:26
23:26
23:11
22:57
22:50
21:20
21:10
20:36
20:27
20:18
20:14
20:03
19:28
19:17
18:55
18:53
18:49
18:07
17:55
17:37
17:34
17:30
17:23
17:23
16:58
16:43
16:38
16:22
16:14
16:06
16:00
15:00
14:51
14:21
14:17
14:03
13:20
13:10
12:45
12:17
11:59
11:52
11:31
11:15
10:58
10:46
10:33
10:10
09:37
09:03
08:35
08:10
06:43
06:30
06:09
05:23
04:45
03:17
02:51
02:29
01:49
01:04
00:16

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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